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at wusa9.com. click on 9 news extras. >>> today an apology from virginia's governor. you may remember when the proclaimed april to be confederate history month, the governor has a change of heart now and is renaming the month and has admitted he offended the lot of folks the first time around. >> reporter: the governor called it an error of taste, not heart, saying my major omission of livery hurt a lot of people, myself included. and the governor is now officially changing it to the civil war in virginia month. folks we spoke to here in northern virginia accept the apology but many have mixed reactions regarding his message and the meaning. >> i will accept his apology. i don't think he's a racist. >> i think the civil war is over with. let's move on. he kind of wants to take us back in history. that's done w. let's start a new patten. >> reporter: in old town, alexandria, blocks from the confederate soldiers staff too chew concern about striking the right balance between paying homage to the tate's history and being sensitive and forward moving. >> i thought it was backwards and going op
conditions at the athletes' village in delhi. and the u.s. state of virginia executes its first female prisoner in almost a hundred years. also coming up in the program, the military leader of the colombian fark rebel group is killed by security forces. russia's we ban it is up even further, prompting fears of a looming crisis. ♪ it is an ambitious projection to any weary observers of middle eastern politics. president obama has suggested that when the un general assembly meets next year it may be worked -- it may be welcoming in a palestinian state. he encouraged talks between palestinians and israelis. this next segment does contain some flash photography. >> president obama looks like a man in a hurry, the free-speech over peace in the middle east -- late for a speech over peace in the middle east. >> he told them that as a mix- pessimists and cynics would predict figure. but he told them to reach inside themselves for a bold prediction. >> when we come back next year we can have an independent, sovereign state of palestine living in peace with israel. >> the israeli delegation, o
investigators are baffled. breaking news on the execution of a virginia woman. mini melt down. you just saw the scenes and anatomy."om "gray's captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >>> a neighborhood in shambles after flames fly, damaging eight homes. tonight crew remained at the scene in manassas. we captured these pictures as it was unfolding. we are live on the scene right now. >> this fire was unbelievably destructive. take a look behind me. firefighters are still on the scene, working to extinguish some hot spots. a couple of homes were completely burned down to the ground. this fire started in a couple of minutes and ignited and spread as quickly. you get a bird's eye view of the inferno in this manassas subdivision. neighbors say they saw smoke at this address at 3:00 p.m. and called 911. moments later house was engulfed. >> in about 15 minutes, it was completely gone. >> eight homes were damaged, three of them destroyed. high winds calls the burning embers to jump from one house to the next. >> the man who called this in, his house is now a burnt out shel
news in america this morning. >> get more from abc news, later >> virginia carries out a controversial execution. >> happy friday. >> thank you so much for joining us at this early hour. as the gamut traffic and weather every 10 minutes. let's start with the. it is finally friday. >> today will be our 6690 degree day of the year. the record is 66 -- 66 90 degrees day of the year. the record is 67 bur. . spear, 69 degrees. 68 degrees in strasbourg, virginia. the record high at reagan national is 94 degrees. at dulles, the record is 92 degrees. it'll be a hot one. then we will call back down. we will talk about the weekend forecast coming up. >> there is a long commute this morning. some of the worst accidents we have ever had in the 19 years i have been doing this have been in fog. be so careful. visibility is poor. they still have roadwork happening. 66 degrees outside the beltway. it is eastbound at rte. 7. you are going to find not much happening right now. here are going to and from the american legion official. to come when traffic ends. >> we have breaking news. a police pursuit a
to be executed in virginia in 100 years. we're live from the scene. >>> this is 9news now. >> and we will have that live report on the execution of teresa lewis from virginia in just a few minutes. >>> but first a fast moving fire has forced more than a dozen people out of their homes late tonight. >> flames burned three closely built home to the ground within a matter of minutes, but amazingly nobody was hurt. our own brittany morehouse has been live all afternoon long where she's watched as many try to come to grips with what went down. brittany. >> reporter: coming to grips after seeing flames 20 feet wide and 50 feet high shooting out of the houses behind me. so powerful was the fire that it carried embers this size 300 yards away. now threatening houses in this area as we just heard from a young lady that at 8:45 tonight the bushes in front of her house caught fire and this is after they watered their lawn for four hours. it burned one house to ground level, ripped through two more next door and if not for firefighters arriving within two minutes was on its way to destroying eight more ho
maryland and virginia. >>> troubled hollywood star lindsay lohan is due in court. she admitted last week she failed a drug test and that could result in her heading back to jail. >>> comedian stephen colbert heads to captiol hill today. he will testify before a house committee on immigration reform. a spokeswoman says he is serious. this isn't a stunt. >>> also people in one northern virginia commune will begin to pick up thank you the pieces their lives and homes were ruined by a fire. the neighborhood is in manassas near summer lake. kristin fisher is live with the story. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. you neophytes are still working to out -- firefighters are still working to put out a few hot spots but the bulk of the fire is out but not before three moments were destroyed anding aseverely damaged. the fire started at 3:00 yesterday afternoon. neighbors say they heard a very loud bang and then saw two houses quickly engulf in flames. then those flames spread to a third, fourth, eight houses total. neighbors say it looked like dominoes falling. the flames were so powerful it carri
. >>> for the first time in nearly 100 years, virginia has put a woman to death. theresa lewis' execution was the first after woman in the united states in five years. she was convicted of arranging the killings of her husband an stepson to cash in on a $250,000 insurance payment. both the trigger men were sentenced to life in prison. one committed suicide in jail back in 2006. >> the execution of theresa lewis has been carried out in the manner as prescribed by the laws of the commonwealth of virginia. death was pronounced at 9:13 p.m. there were no complications. >> tonight, the machinery of death in virginia extinguished the beautiful child-like and loving human spirit of theresa lewis. >> lewis is the 1th woman executed since the u.s. resumed the death penalty in 1976. the last woman to die in virginia was a 17-year-old virginian. she was put to death in the electric chair in 1912. >>> police have made an arrest in the murder of a d.c. waiter and college student neil godleski. he was shot to death while riding home from work last month. police believe the killer was 17-year-old eric f
of their homes. it happened last night in manassas, virginia. this fire spread quickly between close-together homes in the 8300 block of tillotts loop. kristin fisher is joining us with more. >> the fire is out but the families are feeling the affects of this massive fire. three homes were destroyed t. eight more damaged. and the families that were living inside are being housed by the red cross. started around 3:00 yesterday afternoon. that's this when the fire broke out. neighbors heard a loud bang and saw two houses engulfed in flames an then the flames spread to eight houses total. neighbors said it looked like dominoes falling. the flames were so powerful it carried embers 350-yards away. the plumes of smoke so thick and heavy that many driving to manassas after work thought that a plane had crashed nearby. >> i saw five plumes separate. and i thought, man i hope -- i know the airport is there and everything. we have great security here. >> reporter: incredibly no one was inside the homes when the fire broke out. a few people did go to the hospital for smoke inhalation. but for
the city. watch out for patchy dense fog. western maryland, west virginia, it's in the 50s. in the 60s on the eastern shore. the view from spaceover the last 12 hours showing a w, high clouds from the north. they will be with us from time to time. otherwise, lots of sunshine. low to mid-90s. record high, 94. we may tie or exceed the record this afternoon. then the cooler weather comes in on a fresh northwesterly breeze. highs reaching the low to mid-s. even cooler on sunday with increasing clouds. could get showers passing by late saturday afternoon, saturday evening. let's check traffic. ashley, how is it looking? >> 270, no problems two report there. heaights at a healthy rate of speed. springfield de, no problems to report on 95 as you leave frederic fredericksbu fredericburg. lanes are open. eun and joe, back to you. >> thank you. you may be able to breathe a little easier the next time you take metro. debbie says the transit agency made major progress since last june's deadly crash. megan mcgrath has more on the story. megan, goodorning to you. >> as you can remember, there was a
>>> there hasn't been a woman executed in virginia in almost a century almost tonight. teesa louis was killed by lethal injection. >> executing a woman has not happened in thenited states in five years. 41-year-old teresa lewis was on death row in greensville. she was convicted in 20 of hiring two men to kill her husband. his name was julian cliffton lewis and her stepson in an effort to collect insurance money the two men were given sentences of life prison? prison. lewis put to death at 9:00 tonight. >> death was pnounced at 9:13 p.m. there were no complications. ms. lewis did make a last statement. she said i just want kathy to know i love her. d i'm vry sorry. >> kathy cliffton is t daughter of julian cliffton lewis. she was on hand to witness the executiotonight. there were more than 7,3 appeals made to stop that execution. >>> a mon after a cathol unversity student was murdered, police arrest a spect. he's oy 17 years old. news 4's dorothy spencer jns us with more. dorothy. >> reen, a source close to the instigation says this teenage suspect was under the supervion of the juv
the toll road. looking at a 10 to 15-minute delay still. for virginia drivers, moving south onion 395, jammed up, as well. washington boulevard past duke over to the mixing bowl and south backlick to triangle. it is top and go all the way but no accidents out there. that's the good news. back to you. >>> in tonight's consumer alert, more fees from your bank to replace the fees that they can't charge you anymore, thanks to a new law. i know. if you are a bank of america customer, you better read the pamphlet they sent you. don't toss it out. starting soon you will have to pay dollars to get a paper statement, $3 to see images of cancelled statements if you want to see them on that statement. $12 if you deposit a check and it doesn't clear and expect monthly maintenance fees and minimum balance requirements too. by the way, you can avoid some of the charges by banking on- line. >>> one robber is probably wishing he picked a different victim after the person turn the knife on him and attacked. it happened in oklahoma city yesterday. police say 34-year-old donald billby confronted a pregn
in 100 years virginia has executed a woman. teresa lewis died from lethal injection at 9:13. there were no complications. ms. lewis did make a last statement. she said i just want cathy to know i love her and i'm very sorry. >>> metro is getting high marks. metro is much safer than it was a year ago. >> reporter: good news for a change. it was just a few months ago that the national transportation satisfactory board blasted metro for the anemic safety culture th say existed at the time of that deadly crash. now, the ntsb is recognizing them for strides they have made over the last year to improve safety. the chairman of the ntsb said metro is safer now than it was back in 2009. metro has made significant safety improvements in the year following a collision that left nine dead. that the word from the national transportation safety board. >> they have done a lot of learning in the last year plus, and i think that always every organization is going to go through a difficult time after an accident. the question is how you react to that accident and what changes you make. and i believe that
the latest on fox 5 news at 10 and back to you. >>> the news edge on virginia where an inmate pleaded guilty today and he admitted to shooting a deputy and stabbing another. despite the injuries, master deputy charles embree and deputy thomas like were able to subdue phillips. both survived and phillips faces up to 30 more years in prison. >>> and court hearings for the suspected serial stabber are delayed in michigan. a defense lawyer has waved his right to have a speedy hearing and is faying a murder charge. five men were killed and 9 more seriously injured in the series of stabbings and is expected in acts in virginia and ohio. >>> flames destroyed three hopes and damaged four more. a day later, investigators don't know what sparked the fire in monasses. thify marshal believes that the flames began on the back deck of the home in tillett loop and spread quickly and is not sure why. >> reporter: investigators say that it could take some tom before they have a grass opthis blaze. the fire marshal is reviewing audio and video from witnesses at the scene and investigators have a scientific m
't undock. >>> woman executed. a woman convicted in a double murder is put to death in virginia, the first woman executed in the u.s. in five years. >>> and flood evacuations. torrential rains trigger flood emergencies and evacuations in wisconsin and minnesota. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, september 24th, 2010. good morning, everyone. good to see you. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen this morning. >>> a u.s. astronaut and two russian cosmonauts will try again today to return to earth, in orbit more than six months aboard the international space station. ground controllers have to figure out what went wrong yesterday. clamps holding the space capsule to the station failed to open. cbs news space consultant bill harwood was at the kennedy space center as this drama unfolded. >> reporter: this was a very unusual problem, unprecedented glitch the normally reliable docking mechanism on the space station, a russian mechanism with hooks and latches designed to release on command to let the craft free to come back to earth. they tried to do that and were unable to get the syste
of virginia. she arranged of the murders of her husband and her stepson for insurance money. from lawyers argue that teresa lewis, 41-year-old grandmother, was mentally impaired. >> teresa lewis was executed for sending hitmen to kill her husband and her stepson at a trailer park in 2002. one of the gunmen became her lover. when the police became suspicious, teresa lewis quickly confessed. the case has attracted attention. executions of women are rare in america. teresa lewis had learning disabilities. her iq was 72, just two points above the legal minimum for execution in virginia. her lawyers say she was manipulated by the gunmen, and they said it was wrong that she should face the death penalty while the hitmen received life sentences. the appeals for mercy or turned down. >> tonight, the machinery of death in virginia extinguished the beautiful, childlike, and loving human spirit of teresa lewis. >> relatives of the victims say >> when you play god, you're taking it upon yourself to write your own future. when you do that, you get what you deserve. >> teresa lewis spoke by phone to a
the full report and we'll pass that along. shawn. >>> virginia governor bob mcdonough is explaining why he omitted any mention of slavery when announcing confederate history month in april. he said he made a, quote, error of haste and not of part and described it as a major and unacceptable mission. he made the remarks at a national conference on slavery at norfolk state university and revealed that next year he won't honor confederate history and will instead issue a civil war in virginia proclamation. >>> the guns are off in the maryland governor's race. martin o'malley and robert ehrlich unleashed a round of tough new ads online. tom fitzgerald has more on the latest round of attack ads. >> reporter: in ellicott city, maryland, friday -- . >> maryland governor, the honorable martin o'malley. >> reporter: old school face-to- face politics on display. >> maryland is recovering faster than other states. >> reporter: as the o'malley- ehrlich rematch enters the final rounds, the real rough and tumble is being sought online. >> who cares? not martin o'malley, featuring his worse hits. >> bob
of the senate. we begin in west virginia. where we see the candidates, democratic governor joe manchin hopes to retain the seat held by the late robert byrd for the last-ken century, going up against john raisey. the latest real clear politic average pollss that race close. popul popular governor. mountain state, 8.5%. that's below the national average. in 2008, as you can see, west virginia voted 43% for barack obama. 56% for john mccain. now, tonight, chief political correspondent carl cameron is up here in sistersville with a story about two candidates who have a similar theme. that's distain for many of the president's -- disdain for many of the president's policie policies. >> good luck. >> conservative businessman john raese is the g.o.p. best hope in decades to win a west virginia senate seat. >> when you look two years down the road we'll look like france in this country if we don't stop obama. >> raese knows president obama unpopularly and liberal agenda are his best weapon against popular democratic governor joe manchin. manchin knows it, too. among democratic senate candidates, ma
in almost 100 years, virginia has put a woman to death. 41-year-old teresa lewis was convicted in 2002 of hiring the two men who killed her husband and stepsoin an elaborate scam to collect insurance money. >>> the fire described three homes in the 8300 block of tillup loop in manassas. jane has more. >> reporter: eight homes were damaged or destroyed as strong winds whipped the massive blaze through a row of single-family homes. an upscale neighborhood turns into a fiery inferno as strong winds cause fles to jump from roof to roof. amateur video shows a fast-moving blaze as firefighters struggle to get control and neighbors start to panic. >> it was only ten minute before all of these went up. it was really, really horrific. i said, you kw, i need to pack some things and get out of he. i knew how close we were and seeing how fast it happened. it was pretty bad. >> reporter: witnesses say the fireroke out in the back of 8355 tillut loop. the heatrom the fire caused vinyl siding on three homes to melt. one neighbor ran or to door to make sure everyone made it out okay. >> i ran to the g
. saturday, a lot of sunshine from th. let's go back to lisa. >> in virginia, we have lingering roads to go was bound to 66 degrees. they said they will be pulling it to the shoulders very soon. this is the drive on the gu ieceico mark. there are plenty of cameras to what. -- watch. we will go back to allison and pamela. >> we do have breaking news. a police pursuit that end in a hail of gunfire. this happened at around 3:00 this afternoon. it ended in southeast washington. we will standing by live with the latest details. >> there are a number of police officers out here searching this area. we have canine units out there. one person is looking for another man who got away on budget. another of individuals also fled in a stolen vehicle. it began around 3:15 a.m. this morning on silver hill road. officers say they were pursuing two cars. one was on another car. officers are blocking it. it was following. it came to a stop. the carjacking vehicle is still on the run. we know shot for exchange. no one was injured. they do have this area. they are looking for one person on good to got away. th
a neighborhood in 7 level ising three huge homes and damaging several -- a virginia neighborhood leveling three homes and damaging several others. the flames broke out this afternoon on tillett loop and manassas leaving charred piles of debris behind. fox 5's bob barnard live at the scene with the latest. >> reporter: eight hours after the first flames were spotted fire crews are still here and working, the remains of three houses here still smoldering and they just put some water on some of these smoking spots a short time ago. in the middle there where it's believed this thing started, that house burned to the ground. this view from sky fox shows you the devastating nature of this fire, three homes side by side up in flames, scores of firefighters virtually powerless to stop it before the damage was done. investigators believe the fire started in the middle house, then quickly spread in both directions. >> it's beyond the expressions and words. >> reporter: two people suffered minor injuries, but no firefighters were hurt. one woman was hospitalized from the shock of seeing this, her home bas
with maryland license plates. >>> also making headlines being homes in a virginia subdivision reduced to rubble. now, firefighters want to know what started this massive fire in manassas. as many as 16 people have been forced from their homes because of this fire. the fire broke out around 3:30 yesterday afternoon along tillot loop. one woman was taken to the hospital from just the shock of seeing her home burned to the ground. it took firefighters an hour and a half to bring that blaze under control. they believe the fire started in the middle house and then quickly spread in both directions from there. now, again, three homes were destroyed. five others were damaged. and the red cross is helping displaced families find temporary shelter. still no word on what started a fire that killed a virginia mother and two of her children. ally anderson saved three of her children as her lorton town home burned on wednesday. she managed to lower them out a window down to their uncle but then she went back to get her youngest sons but neither she nor her sons made it out. neighbors tried to help out but c
that were nearby that are scorched. >>> there's no word on what started a fire that killed a virginia mother and her two children. al llie around son saved three of her kids as their -- anderson saved three of her kids as their home burned yesterday. she went back for her youngest son but could not get him out. the fire was too intense. >>> we are following breaking news tonight out of virginia. for the first time in nearly 100 years a woman has been executed in the commonwealth. it happened less than an hour ago in greensville correctional center in jarrett. fox 5's roby chavez joins us live with the latest. >> reporter: details are just coming into the newsroom from greenville correction center in jarrett. 41-year-old teresa lewis was put to death by lethal injection at 9:13 tonight with her victims' families watching. lewis was convicted for plotting the murders of her husband and stepson just to collect money from insurance back in 2002. lewis pled guilty, but her legal team questioned her competence because of her low iq. now moments ago witnesses stepped outside to talk about her final
that were destroyed. >>> for the first time in nearly a century, a virginia woman has been executed. theresa lewis has been put to death by lethal injection at the greensville correctional center in jarrett. she was convicted of hiring two men to kill her husband an stepson, giving them sex and cash in exchange so she could collect a quarter million dollars in insurance money. she used her final statement to tell her husband's daughter she loved her and she was very sorry. >>> now, to a break in the murder of college student neil god left tski. police arrested a 16-year-old gang member yesterday. he was gunned didn't while riding his bicycle through sherman cycle. the suspect, eric for mansion 17 and is being charged as an adult. >>> the washington nationals are losing stan kasten. he was part are of a tbiewp to buy the nats. he at the time being he committed to staying with the team for five years. -- he was part of a group to buy the nationals. >>> very quiet out there. very calm. also very humid you will find as you walk outside today. i'm sarah simmons in for gurvir dhindsa. let's get a
families to rebuild what they have lost. >>> investigators in another virginia community are trying to piece together what led to a deadly fire earlier this week. a 24-year-old and her son died when flames raced through their lorton town house on wednesday. her three other children survived after she dropped out of a second story window. >>> we are following a couple of developing story started in the district, crews are repaired a water main break. they are trying to fix the break near martin luther king avenue in southeast d.c. they are also cleaning up after a downed tree. there are traffic issues in that area this afternoon >>> in arlington, police say that a driver who had a medical emergency was responsible for a seven-car pileup on i-66 this morning. the cleanup is causing delays near the roosevelt bridge. four people were taken to hospital and there is no word on their condition. >>> investigators say suspect on the list should be considered armed and dangerous. there was a crash in southeast d.c. early this morning. courtney robinson brings us the latest. >> it was a series
, virginia, outside of washington, house republicans unveiled their plan to change washington. >> stop, stop out of control spending and actually reduce the size of our government. >> reporter: borrowing the concept from the 1994 contract with america that helped sweep them to power, the republicans pledge to america promises to repeal the new health care law, and replace it with a smaller plan. make the bush tax cuts permanent for all taxpayers, cut congress' operating budget and freeze spending at 2008 levels, cutting $100 billion per year. but republicans were forced to acknowledge today when they actually had power they didn't always live up to their own ideals. >> listen, when republicans were in charge of congress, we made our fair share of mistakes. i think we've demonstrated that republicans have heard the american people. >> reporter: democrats ripped the pledge to america as nothing more than barely warmed over ideas from the bush years. >> if this is implemented, what we are going to see is the infliction of a plague on america. >> reporter: back in new york, even in front of demo
of virginia is preparing its first execution of a female prisoner in almost 100 years. she has been sentenced to death for arranging the murder of her husband and his son in 2002. >> this is the 41-year-old grandmother who sent hit man to kill her husband and stepson said she could collect a quarter of a million dollars in insurance. now from a jail cell, hours before her execution, she has spoken by phone to a local reporter. >> i just want people to know you can be a good person and make the wrong choice. if i have to go on and be with jesus, i know that will be the best thing. >> her husband and his son were shot dead in their trailer in rural virginia. it was meant to look like a bungled robbery. she quickly confessed to police that she had left the door open for the killers, who she had met earlier in the supermarket. one of them became her lover as they hatched the murder plot. relatives of the victims have no doubt be punishment fits the crime. >> when you play god, you are taking it upon yourself to write your own future. you get what you deserve. >> but defense lawyers say it is mora
degrees. the temperature will be on the cooler side. 95 in winchester. culpeper, virginia coming in at 97. a little bit of a breeze for you off that chesapeake bay. this is what you can expect overnight. 83 around 9:00. 80 by 11:00. by tomorrow morning,ooking at the temperature of 70 degrees. the temperatures will change. weaer will change in a big way. a major pattern shift coming up this weekend. i'll beng break it down for you in my forecast. >> thank yo doug. >>> today some homeowners returned to the scene of a huge fire that damaged eht home in manassas yesterday. meantime, fire investigators are looking into what caused it. now the latest on this. >> the use of this fire remains under investigation. while there's been lots of speculation about what caused it go we're still awaiting word from investigators about what caused the fire. meanwhile, what is known is that a lot of homes, a lot of lives have been disrupted by this. and there is an outpouring of support moral and otherwise for those lives were changed. across the street, vinyl siding and a cable box melted from the extreme h
-moving flames may have sparked a raging fire that destroyed three virginia townhomes. >>> and near-record temperatures,hey are making for a hot day. when will relief might finally be on the way? >>> good morning, and welcome to "news 4mid cast. i'm eun yang. firefighters put out a fire after it destroyed three homes. they had to called three alarms because it spread so fast, in the 8300 block of tillett loop in manassas. good morning i elaine. >> reporter: good morning. the atf and fire marshal's office areut investigating the cause. they're saying it's undetermined but could have answers next week. firefights remain on the scene, making surell those smoky and hot spots are out. hot spots kept firefights busy all night and all mrning long. i'm never seen something so big. >> kathy keedy is one of the lucky ones. her home had moderate damage, but is salvageable. she was able to escape with her two young children. >> what do i do next? >> reporter: neighbors say the fire started in the backyard, possibly on the deck of a hole on tillet it t loop. firefighters say the wind caused the
. jonathan karl, abc news, sterling, virginia. >>> later this evening, virginia is set to execute a woman in a case that raises fundamental questions about who gets the death penalty and who does not. teresa lewis admits she's guilty. so, why are so many respected people saying this execution is wrong? jim sciutto is outside the prison in jarratt, virginia. >> reporter: teresa lewis has confessed to a cold and calculating crime, asking her lover and a friend to kill her husband and stepson to collect a $250,000 life insurance policy in a jailhouse interview with cnn, she pled for forgiveness. >> i just wish i could take it back. and i'm sorry for all the people that i've hurt. >> reporter: but complicating the case, lewis did not pull the trigger. the men who did only got life in prison. and crucially, court-appointed doctors found she only had an i.q. of 72, just two points above the legal minimum for execution in virginia. a duke university psychologist who examined her concluded teresa's functional mental age is in the range of 12 to 14 years. rallying to her cause are novelist john gr
to watch in the house. these are races we've singled out, including a congressional race in west virginia. this is the first district of west virginia. where democratic state legislature mike oliverio faces mckinley. the big trend this season has been the wave of anti-incumbent sentiment. chief political correspondent carl can cameron reports oliverio has already taken down a political mini dynasty. >> he was the first challenger across the country to beat any incumbent this year. he ousted 28-year democratic house veteran alan malahan whose father held the seat for 20 years before him. the state lawmaker opposes abortion, gay marriage, healthcare reform, president cap-and-trade bill, stimulus spending. most of president obama and the democratic party agenda. >> i'm not going to washington to get in-step with the washington leaders. i'm going to washington to try to get the leaders in step with the american people. >> the republican nominee is millionaire businessman dave mckinley, former west virginia g.o.p. chairman and state lawmaker. he argues once in washington, oliverio will be a ru
. >> reporter: the fire marshal is the president of the virginia fire prevention association, which is pushing to require builders to install sprinklers in homes. he says the industry has to weigh the possible losses against added costs and what people can afford. >> yesterday one of the firefighters was talking about vinyl siding and what that may have -- how that may have contributed in the fire. what does the fire marshal say about that? >> any firefighter they talk to they to be like vinyl siding in general but they say it is the case everywhere. it is cheap and easy to maintain so you can't stop vinyl siding. you can't require brick. it is too costly, but he says what people need to do is practice better fire safety. he said just in manassas alone, in the last year, they had $100,000 worth of kitchen fires. he said people need to pay attention. they cannot leave grills burn thong porch and walk away. be cognizant of fire safety. and it would do a lot of good, he says. >> thank you for that report. >>> 0 record record-breaking heat across the area tonight. topper is on the terrace on this
are underway after a massive fire destroyed three northern virginia mes and damaged several others. the blaze broke out on tillett loop in manassas and quickly spread. >> reporter: hot spots kept firefighters busy all night and all morning long. it was huge. i've never seen something so big. >> reporter: kathy kennedy is one of the lucky ones. her home had moderate damage but is salvageable. she was able to escape with her two young children. >> reporter: the neighbors say the fire started in the backyard and possibly on the deck of a home on tillett loop. firefighters say the win caused the fire and flames to jump from house to house. all the homes in the summer lake neighborhood sit close to one another. >> it is very close. it is a house. but the price was right at that time. a disaster. >> reporter: it took dozens of firefighters more than two hours to bring the firender control. three home were destroyed. five others damaged. a few pets in one of theomes didn't survive. >> i noticed several speculative causes and origin have been reported by witnesses. would not put any credence in those
toyota avalon with maryland plates. >>> a virginia neighborhood is charred by a devastating fire yesterday afternoon in manassas. three homes are destroyed and several families are lucky to have made it out alive. >> reporter: this view from sky fox shows you the devastating nature of this fire. three homes side by side up in flames. scores of firefighters virtually powerless to stop it before the damage was done. investigators believe the fire started in the middle house, then quickly spread in both directions. >> it's beyond the expressions and words. >> reporter: two people suffered minor injuries, but no firefighters were hurt. one woman was hospitalized from the shock of seeing this, her home basically destroyed. her husband: >> we feel bad, we got outside with everybody. >> reporter: their friends say all the memories and everything inside the house is destroyed. >> they couldn't save anything. >> reporter: the flames and heat spreading quickly. >> with that much fire you need a lot of water, hoses, personnel to control it. >> reporter: manassas assistant fire chief leon bu
car. it's made in virginia, runs anywhere, and tops 100 miles a gallon. >> with a total efficiency of 102.5 mpg. >> reporter: the futuristic four-seater won progressive insurance company's automotive x-prize, a year-long race to design an ultra-efficient car that's safe, affordable and desirable. >> you don't have to choose between beautiful, fast, affordable, safe, and 100 miles per gallon or greater. you can get them all. >> reporter: this car is not alone. hybrids and electric cars like the chevy volt are pushing the boundaries of fuel efficiency. uncle sam already insists cars average 35 miles a gallon by 2015. environmental groups, citing this car, are already urged the obama administration to make that 60 miles a gallon by 2025. >> it's time we feel the market actually wants these vehicles, with the government mandating it, the car companies are going to be producing it. >> reporter: seeking electric cars for the future edison 2. in the end the light car beat out hybrids with gasoline. >> it is the car of the future, there's no doubt in my mind. >> reporter: the designers all
. yesterday the justice department filed an objection to judge virginia phillips' ruling earlier that said don't ask, don't tell is unconstitutional. lawyers argue that the judge would be overstepping her bounds by hauling a policy that is under debate in congress. now it's up to judge phillips to decide if she will issue an injunction to force an end to the policy or not. the white house later released a statement saying the filing is in no way diminishes the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. >>> well, for the first time in nearly a century the state of virginia has carried out an execution on a woman. last night 41-year-old theresa lewis was put to death for arranging the slayings of her husband and stepson in order to collect a $250,000 insurance policy. a lot of controversy around that one because some suggest she had mental handicaps that should have prevented her from being executed. >>> finally they do not call new jersey governor chris christie the wrecking ball for nothing. on wednesday he was in california for a campaign event for republican gubernatorial candidate meg whitman. 3,000
. >>> a commuter alert now in virginia. state police are on the scene of a serious multicar crash on eastbound i-66. officials tell 9 news now all lanes of eastbound i-66 have been shut down after a collision involving at least three vehicles prior to the roosevelt bridge. we are just getting in good news from these motorists. it may not look like it on this shot but parts of the lane are open and some traffic is getting through in the area. fire officials say initial 918 calls indicated the motorist that caused the crash may have suffered an emergency. several victims were transported from the scene. again, some of the lanes of eastbound 66 have reopened but traffic will be delayed for a while there. >>> firefighters are keeping an eye on the burning rubble of what used to be two homes in northern virginia. still winds helped to spread the flames among several houses in manassas near summer lake. kristin fisher has the latest. >> reporter: kathy kennedy can't fight back the tears as she looks at what is left of her home, one day after the fire. >> it was huge. i have never seen something so big. t
to go. in northwest, megan mcgrath, news4. >>> the lights are out at a factory in winchester, virginia. shortly before midnight last night, ge, our parent company, shut down its last incandescent light bulb factory in the country. it was due in part to the energy conservation measure passed by congress thre years ago. it essentially orders everyone to switch to more energy efficient compact florescent bulbs by the year 2014 when the winchesr plant closed, 200 people lost their $30 an hour jobs and they're not happy about that. >> i have to have a jobt least $20 to $22 an hour to pay our bills and keep our home. >> at one point, the virginia plant was producing a billion light bulbs a area. >>> when we come back on news4, a big bear is found roaming around a residential neighborhood. >>and it was steps away from a middle school. >>> also coming up, the feds want to you empty your medicine cabinet. we'll tell you why it could save your lif >>> michelle rhee is seen as super man and people can't understand why we're not delighted to have super man. >> e's been touted as the national model
. >> sara, thank you very much. >>> still no word on what started a fire that killed a virginia mother and two children, allie anderson saving three of her children and their townhouse burned thursday. she lowered them out a window to their uncle then she went back to get her youngest sons but neither she nor her son made it out. fabs tried to help but couldn't get inside because the fire was too intense. >>> virginia executed a woman last night, the first time that's been done in 98 years. 41-year-old teresa lewis died by lethal injection at the greensville correctional center in jarrett. the families of her victims attended the execution. lewis pled guilty to plotting the murders of her husband and stepson but her lawyers questioned her competence because of her low i. q. officials say she entered the death chamber on her own and apologized to the victim's sister. >> the execution of teresa lewis has been carried out in the manner as prescribed by the laws of the commonwealth of virginia. death was pronounced at 9:13 p.m. there were no complications. >> tonight the machinery of death
september 24th. >> put to death. a woman is executed in virginia. pleas to spare her went right up to the very end. >>> states of emergency in the upper midwest. the water came up fast after a powerful storm. >>> and new restrictions for a once-popular drug. we'll hear from the doctor who first raised the red flag. >>> and good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us on this friday morning. we begin, now, with the first woman executed here in the u.s. in five years. she's been put to death in virginia. >> theresa lewis' case gained international attention, not just because of her gender. but supporters argue that she was not smart enough to carry out the crimes. here's brad wheelis. >> reporter: theresa lewis became the first woman executed in virginia in almost 50 years. lewis was sentenced to detd in 2003, for hiring two killers who shot her husband and her stepson. according to prosecutors, the two were lured into lewis' scheme by sex and money. the money was to promise to split the son's and husband's life insurance with him. lewis confessed to the plot. >> i just wish i c
gunfire with police. the carjacked vehicle got away. >>> at 6:14, a virginia woman became the first female to be executed in the u.s. in five years. teresa lewis was put to death by lethal injection while -- for arranging to have her husband and step-son killed. before she was put to death, lewis apologized to the daughter of the father she killed. >>> firefighters are trying to determine what caused a manassas fire. winds help the fire spread. 11 people were displaced. >>> parts of wisconsin and minnesota are under a state of emergency as heavy rains pound the area. the region is expected to get even more rain today. alison? >>> the president of iran made extreme allegations yesterday at the u.n.. so extreme it caused the u.s. delegation to walk out. emily schmidt has more about that and how it could affect america's relationship with that country. >>> president obama's speech advocated working toward peace in the middle east. >> if an agreement is not reached, palestinians will never know the pride that comes with a home state. israelis will never know the certainty that comes with sover
on anything trying to grow of the ground. nearly 90% of virginia is cooking with drought conditions. 100% of maryland is hot. >> some have received so little brain in their farm in virginia that his normally red apples look like golden delicious. >> still to come, the number of people in the sea with hiv is rising. a casino will open next week and linseed lohan is headed back to jail. >> mr. cole bear went to washington -- colbert went to capitol hill. not everybody was laughing. he made for some awkward moments. we are live from northwest washington. >> it was particularly awkward for the democrats that invited him to appear. >> comedian steven colbert of his you need brand of truth. what i am happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important, complicated issue. i hope that my star power can fund this hearing all the way up to c-span. >> he spent the day picking vegetables as part of a campaign. it offers you a citizens to replace them reform workers. just seven people showed up for work. >> this brief experience gave me some small understanding of why so many -- sold you a
lewis, also the first woman to be executed in virginia, convicted of plotting the murder of her husband and stepson for insurance money. she died by way of lethal injection, speaking her final words to her daughter, saying i want kathy to know i love her and i'm very sorry, end quote. protestors outside the prison argued lewis was treated unfairly in that case. martha: right now, we are awaiting a major hearing on the voter intimidation case that involves the new black panther party. one of the key government players in this controversy is about to give his side of this story. steve centanni is live at the u.s. commission on civil rights in washington. steve, bring us up to date on where this case stands now and who we expect to hear from today. >> reporter: we expect to hear from two lawyers in the justice department, both of whom recommended going ahead with prosecution of this case. now, let me take you back to 2008, the election day, the presidential election, ale pooing place in philadelphia, where three new black panther party members were standing outside, wearing black paramilit
to death in virginia. >> teresa lewis' case gained international attention not only because of her gender. also activists argued she lacked the intelligence to mastermind the crime. jim sciutto now reports from virginia's death row. >> reporter: teresa lewis has confessed to a cold and calculating crime. asking her lover and a friend to kill her husband and stepson, to collect a $250,000 life insurance policy. in a jail house interview with cnn, she pled for forgiveness. >> i wsh i could take it back. and i'm sorry for all the people that i've hurt. >> reporter: but complicating the case, lewis did not pull the trigger. the men who did only got life in prison. and crucially, court-appointed doctors found she only has an iq of 72. just 2 points above the legal minimum for execution in virginia. a duke university psychologist who examined her for the defense concluded, teresa's functional mental age is in the range of 12 to 14 years. rallying to her cause are novelist john grisham, justices sonia sotomayor and ruth bader ginsburg, who voted to stay her execution. and thousands on the web. f
, baltimore county native, yeardley love is on the minds of thousands in virginia today. the day of dialogue features a series of discussions in a resource fair. the 22-year-old was found dead in her off-campus apartment. her ex-boyfriend, george huguely, also from maryland, is charged with her death. >>> a young woman from maryland, who nearly died in a bombing in uganda continues. emily ker stetter is at johns hopkins hospital, where she's had nearly a dozen surgeries. her friends are holding a fundraiser tonight. the charity concert at our lady of perpetual health, starts at 6:30. 18 rock bands will perform. all monies raised will go directly to kerstetter. >>> it is back to court for lindsay lohan. a judge refused bail after she refused drug-mandated drug testing. >> reporter: she entered in the essential hollywood starlet style, short skirt and high heels, dark sunglasses. lindsay lohan did not speak or cry during a brief court appearance. then she was led away in handcuffs to begin processing for her new look, one she's worn before, jailhouse orange. >> she's going to go through the sa
in virginia next year. instead, it will mark civil war month. there were apologies for making no mention of slavery. >> the summer of 2010 is now history. it may be remembered as one of the worst ever. the weather channel said so. despite dozens of the 90 plus degree days, we've got thunderstorms with winds as high as 90 mi. per hour. it knocked out power to 300,000 people and three other storms were damaging. >> thank you for reminding us. >> a young bicyclist killed in a hit and run for. >> we have some relief rolling in this weekend. we will have a look ahead. >> trent williams was being watched very closely today at practice and i have the latest. donovan mcmann says the skins may be favored against the rams, donovan mcmann says the skins may be favored against the rams, but this may right here in this neighborhood, i grew up learning strong families and hard work means opportunity. and that starts with good schools. it's a tradition here in maryland-- and why in these tough times i've put education first. we've made record investments in our classrooms... doubled the number of chart
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